Kerala Style Chicken Curry/Chicken Curry with Coconut milk

Each week I will be sharing recipes with different set of ingredients in Protein rich dishes in the mega marathon 80th edition.
Last week I shared recipes with lentils and legumes.For the brand new week my key ingredients are Egg and Chicken.

As eggs and chicken contain protein and  saturated fat it is good to consume moderately everyday.
A large egg contains 6.28 grams and 3.5 oz of chicken contains 30 grams of protein.As both contains trace amount of carbohydrates its a good option for a low carb diet.

Coming back to the recipe,its a simple curry flavored with  whole spices and coconut milk.The curry tastes best when made it in coconut oil.But any neutral oil also makes the curry delightful and finger licking.

Traditionally shallots are used to enhance the flavor,if not use the regular onion.This is a simple recipe ideal to make for parties and potluck.Tatses heavenly with ghee rice or white rice.

                                       Kerala Style Chicken Curry

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Marination time ~ 30 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Chicken(with bone or boneless)
1.5 lbs
Onion(thinly sliced)
2 medium size
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
1 large size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2-3 (slit lengthy)
Ginger&garlic (pounded)
2 tbs
Red chilly powder
2 tsp
Coriander powder
1.5 tbs
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp
Thick Coconut milk
3/4- 1 cup
Curry leaves/karivepillai
2-3 sprigs
Lemon juice
2 tsp
1.5 tsp
Coconut oil(preferable)
3 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs

  For the tempering -1

2 inch piece
Bay leaf
Star anise
2 petals
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
For the tempering -2

2 tsp
Onion(finely chopped0
2 tbs
Garlic(finely chopped)
2 cloves 
Curry leaves   
few leaves

For the marination

Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder
1/4 tsp
Ginger&garlic paste
1 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/8 tsp
1/2 tsp

  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.Add the ingredients given for marination to the chicken and mix it well.Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Now in a pan heat the oil and do the tempering-1 with the given ingredients.Add the sliced onion,green chilly and curry leaves.Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add in the pounded ginger&garlic,fry it until raw smell disappears.Add in all the spice powders and fry in the oil for a minute.
  • Add the marinated chicken,chopped tomato and saute it for 4-5 minutes or till the chicken is half cooked.Now goes in the cubed potato and give it a mix.Add around a cup of water and cook it covered.
  • At this stage add in the coconut milk and let it cook for one boil.Meanwhile heat a pan with 2 tsp of oil.Once the oil becomes hot,add in the chopped onion,garlic and curry leaves.Fry it until,the onion becomes golden.
  • Add it to the chicken curry,add in the chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice.Mix it well and put off the flame.
  • Serve it with roti or rice.

  • While frying the spice powder,if it is too dry,sprinkle some water.
  • A tsp of ghee can be used along with oil for an extra rich flavor and taste.
  • The amount of green chillies give is for a medium spice level,can be adjusted as per preference.
  • Use thick coconut milk for a nice creamy consistency.



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The entire setup looks stunning Nalini. I have never added potatoes to chicken, must try it..this is something I can make for the kids next!

I am just scrolling up and down to stare the pics, how beautifully you have presented them.

Awesome Curry with super inviting pics.. Makes me drool.. Yummy curry with potatoes!!

Like Valli said , was never knew potatoes could be added to chicken , not that I have any clue about these , but that's my general knowledge ! Lol

Coconut oil and coconut milk adds so much flavor to any gravy this one is real treat for chicken lovers. I will try this with soy or tofu.

Slurp slurp, lipsmacking chicken curry, can sit and have this curry rite now shamelessly, too tempting curry.

The pics are gorgeous Nalini. How do you make it so stunning every time. Hats off

Nice photos Nalini. Do you know that chicken made in coconut milk here in my part of the world is called kuku paka? When my kids were younger, I would keep the gravy ready and hubby would add chicken and cook it for the kids and himself.

This recipe sounds so delicious. As I make chicken daily, will try your version once. I have to leave out the potatoes though. Will share with you once I have tasted this.

Yum I am speechless. I was waiting forever​for the picture to load they are amazing. As for the chicken it must have tasted delicious.

That base gravy is used for a lot of curries. I make egg curry based this way. Sometimes with potatoes and peas or potatoes and mushroom makes way into the curry. The options are endless. Love the beautiful clicks and how you have styled the picture.

pics are so tempting and detailed steps are very helpful

Nice pics Nalini! The base can be used for veg options too I guess..

addition of coconut milk and potato cubes us so interesting !

Typical traditional Kerala recipe. Loved your presentation. We like to have this chicken curry with kerala parottas..

I had Tried Kerala Dishes in Summer, The Chicken Curry with Coconut milk is really superb in taste and I loved to eat it. Thanks for the Procedure of Chicken Recipe

It looks mouth-watering. I would share this with my colleagues. Rajasthani Gatta Curry recipe is a vegan alternative that I oftenprepare for pot-luck at the office.

I’m sorry, but these directions make no sense the way it is ordered. It’s is not clear at all how this all goes together. If a marinade is first, that needs to be listed first. When is the garam masala and turmeric added?? Very confused.

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